Newborn kittens are such precious little things that require so much love and care - especially if their mother can't be there for them.
Most newborn kittens require round-the-clock care from their human foster parents and that includes close monitoring for symptoms of distress.
Fading kitten syndrome isn't one single disease, but a combination of many underlying causes that lead to rapidly declining health and even death. Caregivers who recognize the signs can act quickly with the proper treatment when it is necessary.
What Causes Fading Kitten Syndrome?
According to veterinary technician, Ellen Carozza, there are many things that can cause a kitten's health to take a dramatic turn for the worse:
- Environmental factors
- Congenital defects
- Bacterial or viral infections
- Even human error while hand-raising them
Kittens' bodies typically don't have strong enough immune systems to combat most things. If the little one contracts even a small bout of diarrhea, their health can rapidly decline with the additional symptoms of dehydration and hypothermia.
These three combined can trigger fading kitten syndrome, but if you recognize the signs - you can stop it before it even starts...